NEW YORK (Mar. 16)
For the first time in its history, the New York United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies Campaign has reached the $100 million level, according to Martin Kornreich, general chairman.
When the books on the 1982 drive officially closed February 28, the bottom line showed $100,9 million pledged to the Campaign, Kornreich announced. This figure, which is $5 million more than the 1981 total, does not include $11 million raised for the special Israel Emergency Fund which started last July, he said.
“This record total,” Kornreich noted, “says that American Jews stand with the people of Israel and are continuing an ancient tradition of helping the needy members of their own community even when they themselves are financially hard pressed because of the current recession. But despite this achievement, the needs far exceed the contributions. We don’t have to go beyond our own city to see how much more we must provide in the way of social welfare and emergency financial help.”
In 1982, the New York UJA-Federation Campaign, the largest local philanthropic organization in the world, received 120,000 contributions which helped provide basic human welfare services to some four million needy people in Israel, 30 other countries and New York City.